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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Very Humbly Flying High

Matthew 25:40 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)
40 “And the king will reply, ‘I assure you that whatever you did for the humblest of my brothers you did for me.’

Numbers 12:3 (NIV)
3 (Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.)

We should never jump to the conclusion that "the humblest of these" [the least of these] applies only to the obviously weak and severely cowed.  For example, Moses stood before no less than Pharaoh and demanded Let my people go ..which looks a lot to me like gutsy Chutzpah..

Tonight I viewed from our movie library The Aviator (based upon the life experiences of Howard Hughes). He was known to be born to wealth and privilege.




I find myself feeling great sympathy towards younger folk driven by big ideas in order to make their mark upon the world with singular achievement (like Howard Hughes).  It would be a sad thing to see the flaming life-force of our youth content with small ideas and deep-dive lethargy.  Just as I like to see youth motivated by big ideas, I can be hugely disappointed when seeing older folk are captured by tiny self-centered ones.




Finally...I have been sorely tempted to tish-tish famous entertainment talent that crash-burned in later stages of their careers.  I think we should just stop for one minute and consider as well our own contributory blame ....for example when we overbearingly insist that we should "get-a-piece" of them whenever they are seen in public or fanatically swoon in worship before them so that they must forfeit their soulful need for even a passing moment of quiet dignity.  This perspective is brilliantly critiqued towards the final plot development in The Holy Man (Eddie Murphy).  




Thursday, January 16, 2020

THROWAWAY LIES



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Mark 12:14-15 J.B. Phillips New Testament 

A test question

13-15a Later they sent some of the Pharisees and some of the Herod-party to trap him [Jesus] in an argument. They came up and said to him, “Master, we know that you are an honest man and that you are not swayed by men’s opinion of you. Obviously you don’t care for human approval but teach the way of God with the strictest regard for truth—

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Guess what, the questioners of Jesus laid it on thick.  It is an old story that those who kiss your ass until it glows scarlet will only be too pleased to shaft your heart the next half-second.

My modest proposal—those congressmen in Washington sporting immaculately clean blue business suites should at this critical moment immediately strip down and shamefully cover themselves with an odorous assortment of tattered rags picked up gratis in the alley behind  a thrift store.  

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

I feel like I'm walking on eggshells??...Vow Here and now---NEVER AGAIN !!!



My only request today is that we DON’T BE STUPID.  Come on now  ...don’t we now use multiple silent-lying ways to maintain a quiet and dignified facade of surface respectability AT THE COST OF EVERYTHING ELSE.

AS the US Marines ARE well aware--SOMETHINGS ARE WORSE THAN DEATH





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Sunday, January 12, 2020

The Whiplashed American

What is a Timeshare and how does it work?
(Google definition search return)

A timeshare is a way for a number of people to share ownership of a property, usually a vacation property such as a condominium unit within a resort area. Each buyer usually purchases a certain period of time in a particular unit. Timeshares typically divide the property into one- to two-week periods.

It's usually only after you've purchased a timeshare that you realize there are more people looking to sell them than buy them. The likelihood of recovering your initial investment is very low — to say nothing of recovering many years' worth of maintenance fees.

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Many people in America who have entered a timeshare arrangement end up yelling bloody murderer due to relentlessly escalating maintenance fees.

Rental units in America have likewise become a form of legalized extortion by way of greedy landlords who worship their God of Moneybox Pyramids.   

Housing and commercial units are flat-out necessities while renters over time can become increasingly and inevitably anchored. Like taking candy from a baby, rate increases and fees ride a speedy up Trump escalator--never down or you can be sure the Pirate Himself would cry like a victimized toddler.

The PR-Conscious philanthropists pirates sprinkle comparative chump change from one hand and frenetically wave the American flag in the other (signifying their doctrinaire free-choice right to play an Omnipotent god over lesser mortals).

So while an American employee can be treated as cannon fodder at work, he is simultaneously treated as a totally expendable sucker by his landlord.  Isn't it interesting and pure happenstance that the shark named Trump just loves real estate.






Well that flick (above) is just fiction, let's turn to today's news...



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Saturday, January 11, 2020

The Admixture of Human and Divine Judgement

Nancy Pelosi did a glorious thing the other day.  She said she doesn’t hate anyone.  Yet, of course, she demonstrates strong opposition to President Trump. For example she declared him a coward in terms of establishing effective gun restrictions even when such cowardice results in harm to the nation’s children.  As much as the term “hate” can be used to incite categorical and emotional fury, so another term “love” can be used to anesthetize into categorical and emotional acceptance the stupid and viciously evil.

In both of these extremes, the appeal is for humanity to abandon uniquely human and  divine access to  the Holy Spirit.

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John 14:26-27 Amplified Bible (AMP)

26 But the [a]Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you. 27 Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]
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Think of it this way, if I met you in the hallway as you were about to enter a US courtroom as a defendant, my worst advice would be for you to think within categorical extremes—be cynical as hell and take for granted the ill-will of everyone…or conversely, be syrupy and sentimental viewing everyone and everything through rosy glasses.

In attaining appropriate attitude: that is to be found beyond human understanding by the Counsel of the one who fully knows each and every human heart




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Friday, January 10, 2020

Why I’m a Nigger Lover ......

...Captives of Israel Feel Free to Join In !!!





Houston began singing in church as a child and became a background vocalist while in high school. With the guidance of Arista Records chairman Clive Davis, she signed to the label at the age of 19. Her first two studio albums, Whitney Houston (1985) and Whitney (1987), both reached number one on the Billboard 200 in the United States, and to-date are the biggest-selling first two albums released of any artist in history.  
( Wikipedia )

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Pendergrass grew up in Philadelphia and often sang at church. He dreamt of being a pastor and got his wish when, at 10, he was ordained a minister (according to author Robert Ewell Greene). Pendergrass also took up drums during this time and was a junior deacon of his church. ( Wikipedia )

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Dear God Turn Us Own Till We're Hot and Sweaty

We Methodist need hard-core scientific help.  I don’t want help from theologians, philosophers, psychologists or sociologists driven by subjective certainty.  I want instead BadAss hard-core creative types that respect fact and are obsessed about excruciatingly careful and objective observation.  Scientists who are out to please no one but their own demanding integrity and maybe to gather a few bucks tossed their way by the Nobel Prize dispensary.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
(RELEVANT THIS WEEK THE BEST OF RELEVANTMAGAZINE.COM

• United Methodist Church Proposes Split Over LGBTQ Views

The United Methodist Council of Bishops released a statement announcing that a “diverse group of representatives from United Methodist advocacy groups with contrasting views and bishops from around the world has collaborated on a proposed agreement for the separation of The United Methodist Church (UMC) that has the unanimous support of all the parties involved.”

At the core of the proposed split are differing views on gay marriage. The plan is expected to be approved when the denomination meets in May at its global conference.

The church leaders have agreed on a new plan for a “traditional Methodist” denomination to split off from the UMC. The traditional denomination would oppose same-sex marriage and not allow for the ordination of LGBTQ ministers. The UMC, however, would allow same-sex marriages and welcome LGBTQ clergy.

For years, the denomination has been divided over the issue and new sanctions were set to go into place that would have imposed harsh punishments on pastors who officiate same-sex weddings. However, the new proposal will allow for those sanctions—which include a year without pay for one violation and being defrocked for a second—to be postponed until the formal vote this spring.

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2 Timothy 4:3-5 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

3-5 For the time is coming when men will not tolerate wholesome teaching. They will want something to tickle their own fancies, and they will collect teachers who will pander to their own desires. They will no longer listen to the truth, but will wander off after man-made fictions. For yourself, stand fast in all that you are doing, meeting whatever suffering this may involve. Go on steadily preaching the Gospel and carry out to the full the commission that God gave you.
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Romans 1
The fearful consequence of deliberate atheism

25-27 These men deliberately forfeited the truth of God and accepted a lie, paying homage and giving service to the creature instead of to the Creator, who alone is worthy to be worshipped for ever and ever, amen. God therefore handed them over to disgraceful passions. Their women exchanged the normal practices of sexual intercourse for something which is abnormal and unnatural. Similarly the men, turning from natural intercourse with women, were swept into lustful passions for one another. Men with men performed these shameful horrors, receiving, of course, in their own personalities the consequences of sexual perversity. 

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As Saint Paul was God’s messenger whom God used exceedingly well, this very day may He hear the cry of earnest players in the scientific community. ….and provide them entree into the fecund garden of sweat-inducing inspiration.





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